The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded an amended type certificate (ATC) for Boeing’s largest variant of its next-gen Dreamliner family, the 787-10, clearing it for entering commercial service.
The test program used three aircraft and accumulated over 900 flight hours. The 787-10 is a stretch of the 787-9 and trades payload capacity for range. It can fly about 330 passengers when configured in a typical two-class configuration, and up to 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km).
Singapore Airlines is the launch customer and about eight 787-10s are expected to be delivered this year starting in March. The next aircraft is expected to be delivered in April followed by three in May. The aircraft are expected to be registered in the 9V-SCx series. The airline will use the 787-10s in a regional role and to replace its Airbus A330 fleet.
The airline has not yet unveiled its LOPA diagrams which will indicate the cabin layout and amenities.
Other aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA’s lead and certify the airplane soon.